2018.06.09 Slavek Kwi
"2018.06.09 duet with Slavek Kwi (Artificial Memory Trace) — Ireland — 'telepathically' (involving file exchange)": Starting on January 1st, 2018, I began making a movie every day of me playing (M)Usic. The plan was to shoot one every day of 2018 & to string together excerpts from each of them in chronological order to make a feature-length movie to be called "365". Along the way I decided to compile monthly reports named by month & year, e.g.: "January, 2018", & to release these online a month after they were done. Hence, "January, 2018" was uploaded on March 1, 2018. I started thinking about each month more & more thematically. "May, 2018" became my piano month. "June, 2018" is my duets month. It was difficult to find 30 local people willing to play a duet with me to meet my goal of a different duet for every day in June so I contacted people in my international contacts to somehow make a duet together — using Skype or some other means. We've been playing the duets for as long as they take, spontaneously deciding when they were over, & then I've been excerpting roughly :20 to a minute to use in "June, 2018" & "365". At 1st, each movie that I made documenting each duet was thought of as little more than raw footage but, gradually, they started seeming like significant works in & of themselves. SO, after I'd edited the footage I shot with Michael Pestal via FaceTime, I decided to declare each movie to stand on its own & to break my pattern of waiting a month to post the monthly footage to post one of these daily duets every other day starting today, June 16th, until mid-August when all of them would be uploaded. This 9th one features Slavek Kwi (Artificial Memory Trace) on miscellaneous electro-acoustic devices. I 1st encountered his work when my friend Brainpang told me about him. At the time, he sent me a disc of recordings that I would be welcome to use in a piece — probably with the idea that I'd send the results to him. Even though I wanted to do this I never followed up on it. When I proposed this duet to him he expressed a willingness to do it "telepathically". This turned out, in a sense, to be 'pragmatic' insofar as he doesn't have internet access in his home. I'm interested in telepathy & even wrote a book entitled "Telepathy Receptivity Training" so this idea appealed to me. We agreed to play simultaneously at a set time that was in keeping with his schedule & to send each other files from our documentation. I took his footage & distorted it to make it fit into the image space I alloted for it. Not only could this be called the 1st of the Musique Concrete duets, it's also the one where the environment of the performer is highlighted rather than the performer himself . I played Neil Feather's instrument the Small Nondo. Check out more of Slavek Kwi's work on these various websites: www.artificialmemorytrace.com
Otherwise, I often explain to people that I'm not a musician, that I'm a Usician, a Low Classicist, a booed usician, a Sound Thinker, etc. People often seem to agree that I'm not a musician because they hate the way I play so much & hate the way I break all sorts of unwritten laws about what makes 'good music'. In other words, they don't understand that I'm trying to make a point that I'm thinking about context & creatively exploring it. - tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE note written on June 30, 2018E.V.